Aponogeton distachyus Thbg.— Aponogeton
Aponogeton belongs to the Saururae family. His homeland is South Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, where he grows deep in rivers and lakes.
The leaves of this Cape plant rise from the tuberous rhizome on the long petioles in the form of elongated leathery shiny plates. But the special charm is its flowers, which have an extremely original shape and possess, moreover, a very pleasant smell.
These flowers are arranged in a fork-like bifurcated spike and consist of only one bract, fruit tree and several stamens. The color of the bracts is pinkish-white, and the stamens are black. Each flower usually blooms for three weeks or even more, and all the flowers in the winter are from 2 to 5 or more.
The appearance of the flower can be guessed by the thickness of the emerging stem, since the stem of the flowers is much thicker, rounder than the leaves, and, in addition, has some expansion at the end.
To obtain good, highly flowering specimens, it is advised to leave the tubers in the soil of air pools for the winter, letting go of the water and covering it with a layer of 10-15 cm of fallen tree leaves or rotted horse manure. In addition, in areas where severe frosts occur, over the leaves or manure it is necessary to cover the pool with more boards. Such specimens give an amazing amount of strong leaves and large, strongly smelling flower ears. The flowers smell like vanilla. It goes without saying that from such flowers a mass of beautiful seeds is obtained.
This plant, planted at the bottom, in soddy or silty soil, retains old leaves all winter and at times even gives new leaves, but requires for this a sunny room and water not lower than + 16 ° R. When flowering, you can leave flowers until the seeds ripen, Why put a cork under the flower. The ripened seeds, when planted in the sand, sprout easily and give beautiful plants, which should then be transplanted into the turf ground. In addition, it sometimes shoots in summer from the rhizome in the summer, at the end of which small nodules form, developing leaves and forming young plants. In addition to A. distachyus, aponogeton spathaceus is also found. The plant is much smaller and not so beautiful, but gives elegant underwater leaves.